Bike Happy: Ride Cranksgiving, Watch Woodland Park Cyclocross & honor those who’ve fallen

EDITOR’S NOTE: Thanks again to Brock Howell of Bike Happy for putting together this comprehensive weekly newsletter.

TOP THINGS TO KNOW & DO THIS WEEK

1. Cranksgiving

Cities across America will be holding their own Cranksgivings this coming weekend.  What is Cranksgiving? Just about the best thing ever. It’s a bike scavenger hunt where participants pick-up a list of groceries and other goods and then donate them to a food bank at the end of the ride.  Organized by Tom Fucoloro of the Seattle Bike Blog and benefiting the Rainier Valley Food Bank, this year’s Cranksgiving in Seattle will be held this Saturday, November 18, starting at Swift Industries’ headquarters in Pioneer Square at 10:30 a.m. and ending at 2pm back at Swift for an after party.  If you don’t live in Seattle, check out the Cranksgivings in Tacoma or even Sequim.

2. Woodland Park Cyclocross

Have you ever wondered what “cyclocross” racing is all about?  This weekend is your chance to see it in action at Seattle’s Woodland Park.  Even if you’re not into racing or sport, watching cyclocross is a ton of fun. Check it out from 9:30-4pm; the fastest races are last in the day.

3. World Day of Remembrance

Take a moment to reflect on the people who’ve lost their lives due to traffic violence this year by attending a panel discussion on Friday at noon and take action on Sunday at noon to fix NE 65th Street.

4. You Have Been Selected to Participate in an Important Survey

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is working on its organization’s strategic plan and would like input from the bicycling community.

Take SNG’s survey >>

I would like your input on how to improve this Bike Happy newsletter.

Take my survey >>

Through my other bike project, Bicycle Security Advisors, I’m creating several neighborhood plans for expanding the number of bike racks near business and other destinations.  I’d love your input for my draft bike parking plans for Columbia City, First Hill, and Georgetown.

SOCIAL, LIFESTYLE, & ADVENTURE

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES​

Saturday, November 18

– 10:30-4pm, Cranksgiving Seattle 2017

– 10:30-Noon, Cranksgiving with Kidical Mass Tacoma

– 8:45-11:45 AM, Cranksgiving Sequim

Wednesday, November 22

– 6-8pm, Social Ride in Celebration of Major Taylor’s 139th Birthday (Bike Works)

Thursday, November 23

– 8am-Noon, Annual MTB Turkey Ride (Alvins Classic Ride)

– 10am-1pm, Tacoma Kidical Mass Thanksgiving Ride

Friday, November 24

– 9-11:30am, 4th Annual Turkey Day Ride – Green Mountain (Silverdale Cyclery)

– 9am-Noon, Mudd Butt VI Return of the dirty cracker (Woodinville Bicycle)

– 5:30-9:30pm, Critical Mass Seattle – Black Light Ride

ARTICLES & POSTS

– MyEdmondsNews: Edmonds Boy Scout makes progress on ‘doubling bikes’ goal for families in need

– Tacoma Weekly: Wheel-builder extraordinaire opens cycling repair storefront

– Seattle Bike Blog: Aviva Stephens: Helmet hair

– Bicycle Retailer: TSG Consumer Partners invests in Nuun and Co.

– Cascade: Behind the scenes: Cascade’s major event riding season is over…or is it?

– Evergreen MTB: 7th Annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day: Epic Riding & Record Bike Give-Aways!

– Evergreen MTB: Evergreen’s Education Tipping Point: Women Are in the Majority!

POLICY & INFRASTRUCTURE

ACTION

● Tell SDOT to add protected bike lanes to 35th Ave NW.

● Tell the King County Public Health Board to repeal the bicycle helmet law.

● Shape bike parking plans for First Hill, Columbia City, and Georgetown.

UPCOMING EVENTS​

Thursday, November 16

– 9-10:30am, Northgate Pedestrian Bridge Presentation to the Seattle Design Commission

– 2-3pm, SDOT Streets Illustrated: Informational update on the ROWIM

– 5-7pm, Downtown Redmond Link Extension open house

Friday, November 17

– Noon-1:30pm, World Day of Remembrance – Reflection & Expert Panel

Saturday, November 18

– 10am-4pm, SDOT’s North Downtown Mobility Plan Community Workshop

Sunday, November 19

World Day of Remembrance

– Noon-1pm, Fix 65th: World Day of Remembrance Memorial Vigil & Walk

NEWS

Vision Zero

– Seattle Bike Blog: Vigil for World Day of Remembrance is Sunday, street safety panel Friday

Bike Theft

– SPD: Police Recover Two Bikes After Victim Finds Them Listed on Ebay

– KIRO: eBay post helps recover 2 bikes stolen in Seattle

– Sky Valley Chronicle: Thieves make big stupid booboo: Theft victim sees his stuff on Ebay

– KIRO: Man in critical condition after being set on fire in Ballard, police searching for suspect

Trail Safety

– Bicycling: Paralyzed After Crash, Cyclist Sues Over Unmarked Bollard

– Seattle Times: Westlake bike path: Better commutes for thousands, but safety risk for pedestrians?

Bike share

– Stranger: MOFO, Chill Out About Bike Shares

– Seattle Bike Blog: How a 20-something SDOT staffer took on a dying program & changed the bike share world

– Curbed: Spin just hired SDOT’s bike-share wonk

– KIRO: SDOT executive switches gears to join SPIN bikeshare

– Seattle Transit Blog: A Peek at Next Gen ORCA

Funding

– Urbanist: PSRC Seeking Comment on $17.5 Million in Grants for Bike and Pedestrian Projects

– Business Examiner: PSRC seeks public comment on Pierce County projects

– Streetsblog: Bikes and Transit Keep Racking Up Ballot Wins

Seattle Center City

– Cascade: Seattle Center: What’s Next for the Basic Bike Network

City Hall Transitions

– Seattle Times: Jenny Durkan names Sims, Ranganathan, Lambros to lead her transition to Seattle mayor

– Urbanist: 8 Takeaways from Seattle’s 2017 Election

Bellevue

– Seattle Bike Blog: Bellevue plans to pilot game-changing downtown bike lane (or two)

– Bellevue Reporter: Input sought for demonstration bikeway in Downtown Bellevue

– Bellevue Patch: Bellevue Seeks Input On Downtown Bikeway

– Cascade: Together we can send a message that a downtown demonstration bikeway is the next step towards a Bellevue Bike Network!

South King County

– Tukwila Reporter: City improves roadways to keep vehicles, pedestrian safe

General

– Urbanist: Protected Bike Lanes Guard Cyclists from Pollution

– Urbanist: What We’re Reading: Pedestrianizing Oxford Street, Uber’s Anti-Urban Plot, and New Mobility Playbook

– SDOT YouTube: Bicycle and Transit Markings

SPORT

UPCOMING

Saturday, November 18

– 9:30am-3pm, Cascade Cross: Delta Tech (Ferndale)

Sunday, November 19

– 9:30-4pm, MFG Cyclocross: Woodland Park (Seattle)

Wednesday, November 22

– 6-8pm, Beginners’ Bike Polo Night (Cal Anderson)

SAVE THE DATES

Nov. 18, Cranksgiving Seattle 2017

Nov. 18, Cranksgiving with Kidical Mass Tacoma

Nov. 23, Seattle Kidical Mass Cranksgiving Ride

Nov. 24, Black Light Ride Critical Mass Seattle

Dec. 16, Back Alley Bike Repair’s The Shortest Day/Longest Night Get Dowwn Downhill

Jan. 20, Outdoors For All’s Stinky Spoke

BIKE INDUSTRY JOBS

Bike Retail

Professional Bike Mechanic, Aaron’s Bicycle Repair

Nonprofit

Program Coordinator, Bike Works

Development Director, Bike Works

Major Taylor Ride Leader/Instructor, Cascade

Outreach Coordinator, Commute Seattle

Government

Principal Urban Designer, SDOT

Senior Capital Projects Coordinator, SDOT

Senior Multi-Modal Design Engineer, SDOT

Associate Multi-Modal Design Engineer, SDOT

Public Space Management Inspector, SDOT

Traffic Records & Data Supervisor, SDOT

Senior Capital Projects Coordinator, SDOT

Traffic Safety Investigations Engineer III, King County DOT

Principal Transportation Planner, PSRC

Traffic Safety Management Supervisor, WSDOT

RECENTLY STOLEN BIKES

Nineteen bicycles were listed as stolen in the Seattle-area to Bike Index, and thirteen bikes were reported as stolen to the Seattle Police Department in the last week. In case your bike is ever stolen, make sure you’ve registered your bike on Bike Index. The website for Bicycle Security Advisors provides more information about how to keep your bike safe.

WEEKLY TIP

Turning a Corner

To keep your balance better and to be able to go a little faster and a little sharper around a corner, put your outside foot all the way down on the pedal stroke.

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One Response to Bike Happy: Ride Cranksgiving, Watch Woodland Park Cyclocross & honor those who’ve fallen

  1. Tom Fucoloro says:

    Thanks, Brock!

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